Phenolic Compounds

Carbolic acid compounds used for disinfection. Good activity against Gram (+ ) and fungi; fair activity against Gram (-) bacteria and enveloped viruses; poor or no activity against non-enveloped viruses, Mycobacteria and bacterial spores. Leaves a residue that is difficult to rinse off as phenols are not water soluble. Cannot be used in neonatal or pediatric ICU or have any infant contact due to toxic residue. No food contact. Corrosive to some rubber and plastics. Efficacy speed: Medium